Jennifer Wen Ma was born in 1973 in Beijing, China, moved to the United State in 1986, and
received her Masters degree in Fine Art in 1999 from Pratt Institute, New York. She works and
lives between New York and Beijing. Ma's interdisciplinary practice bridges media as varied as
installation, video, drawing, fashion design, performance, and public art, often bringing together
unlikely elements in a single work. Her recent work explores Chinese ink as a contemporary
Some recent solo exhibitions include Ullens Center For Contemporary Art, Beijing; Eslite
Gallery, Taipei; Art Space NIJI in Kyoto, Japan; and The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.
Ma was the Artistic Director for The Republic of China Centennial Grand Countdown, Taipei,
2010. She participated in Lingua Franca for St. Moritz Art Masters, the 2010 Biennale of
Sydney, and the 2009 Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Niigata. Video installations were
commissioned by Guggenheim Bilbao, 2009; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
2008; and the National Art Museum of China, 2008. Ma's permanent public projects include
multimedia installation for Digital Beijing Building, among others.
In 2008, Ma was one of the seven members in the core creative team for the opening and closing
ceremonies of the Beijing Summer Olympics, and the chief designer for visual and special
effects. Additionally, as the main liaison between the international broadcast teams, she won an
Emmy for the US broadcast of the ceremony.
Upcoming projects include an exhibition at Witte de With, Rotterdam,